Move to Canada

Skip spending thousands of dollars on an immigration attorney and do it yourself instead.

You don’t need a job offer, a sham marriage, or an attorney to move to Canada.

When I decided to move to Canada, none of the existing immigration guides had kept up with the changes Canada made to its immigration system.

Paper applications. In-land and out-land. Everything I was reading was hopelessly out of date. I had to figure it out on my own.

I’ve spoken to hundreds of people who have moved to Canada from around the world and spent countless hours researching what it would take for me to move up — and what would enable my family and friends to follow.

I’ve taken all of my research and created this comprehensive guide. It explains how anyone from anywhere in the world can move to Canada. I cover temporary and permanent options — and how you can move up on a temporary visa and use that to become a permanent resident. I go into detail and share my personal immigration experience.

Most importantly, I let you know exactly what you can expect as a newcomer to Canada. Getting your landing documents is just the beginning. I tell you what showing up at the border and declaring yourself a new resident will really be like.

I share everything you need to know about settling in Canada, from bringing all of your worldly possessions through customs to setting up a bank account and finding a new doctor. I continue to navigate new challenges in Canada and I’m sharing that wisdom with you.

I’m not a lawyer or immigration consultant. I’ve actually done this myself.

Moving to Canada is available on Amazon.

Immigration programs

You decide to move to Canada. But you’re not sure what the first step is.

There’s so much information online…and so much of it is contradictory.

What does it really take?

  • What life in Canada is like
  • What it means to be a Canadian resident, permanent resident, and citizen
  • All the ways to move to Canada temporarily
  • All the ways to move to Canada permanently as a non-refugee
    • Express Entry, the skilled worker program
      • Federal Skilled Worker class
      • Canadian Experience class
      • Federal Skilled Trades class
      • Provincial Nominee Programs (within Express Entry)
    • Spousal sponsorship
    • Family sponsorship
    • Provincial Nominee Programs (besides Express Entry)
    • Investor, startup, and self-employment
  • How to go from being a temporary resident to a permanent resident

 

This is a very helpful guide – thank you. We’d been reading various websites, focusing on whether or not we *wanted* to move to Canada, without even considering whether we would be *allowed* to.
– Ben Jones

Landing

You get your visa to move to Canada.

What comes next?

  • Declaring yourself a new resident or landed immigrant
  • Getting you pets across the border (and flying with them!)
  • Moving your things through customs without owing duties
  • Getting new IDs, enrolling in health insurance, and getting your SIN
  • Opening a bank account and applying for a mortgage without a credit history
Thank You Cori for sharing! You have organized the information so clearly ???? I received my ITA under CEC recently and was starting to feel overwhelmed in navigating the process on my own. This has definitely put my mind at ease ???? 
– Manta Pam

Living in Canada

Canada is just like home, except for when it’s not.

We share what we’ve learned to save you some trouble.

  • Healthcare in Canada
  • Finding a job in Canada
  • Canadian salaries
  • Cross-border banking
  • Understanding currency conversion

If you are a professional looking to navigate through the Canadian immigration program this book is well worth the read.
– G.B.

I’ve tried reading through the CIC websites and couldn’t figure out if this would work for me, but after reading this I’m pretty sure it will! – Jenny B.

What’s not in the book?

I don’t discuss how to apply for permanent resident status as a refugee, caregiver, or farmer.

I talk about the various business class immigration pathways and provincial nomination programs, but I don’t provide step-by-step instructions, because these change too often to be included in a book — even one I update annually.

Quebec has additional provincial requirements. I discuss these briefly, but we don’t go into depth. If you’re moving to Quebec through Express Entry, this will guide you through the process once you’ve gotten your Quebec Selection Certificate.

I moved to Canada without an immigration attorney or consultant and you can, too.

Now that I’ve successfully immigrated to Canada from the US using the Express Entry program, I'm writing the guides I wish I’d had.

Reader reviews

What other prospective immigrants have said about my book,
Moving to Canada: A complete guide to immigrating to Canada without an attorney.

This is a very helpful guide – thank you. We’d been reading various websites, focusing on whether or not we *wanted* to move to Canada, without even considering whether we would be *allowed* to.

Ben Jones

 

Thank You Cori for sharing! You have organized the information so clearly ???? I received my ITA under CEC recently and was starting to feel overwhelmed in navigating the process on my own. This has definitely put my mind at ease ????

Manta Pam

 

We are an American couple planning our immigration to Canada through the Express Entry program. This book has been very helpful to aid us in planning and organizing all the steps and timelines for the immigration process. It also has lots of other great information about the actual moving, landing, and transitioning process. If you are a professional looking to navigate through the Canadian immigration program this book is well worth the read. We actually are using it as a reference as well, keeping pages bookmarked and using the spreadsheets and timelines, costs, etc as a model for our own documents.

G.B.

 

Thank you so much for this guide! It helps so much!

Anthony Caruso

 

If you want the step by step process on how to immigrate to Canada, here it is. I found the book easy to read, inspiring, and very informative.

Laura J.I.

 

Some reviews are for the 2016 and 2017 editions.

Thanks for this overview!! I’ve tried reading through the CIC websites and couldn’t figure out if this would work for me, but after reading this I’m pretty sure it will!

Jenny B.

 

A lot of the other books about moving to Canada talk about what it’s like to live in Canada, whereas this book talks about how to actually get there. A must have for anybody thinking about immigrating.

Carter

 

Thank you so much for this guide

Graziella Brincat

 

This book is clearly exhaustively-researched. Each section gives detailed information on how to begin the process of moving to Canada, with super informative with real-world examples and step-by-step instructions. I found the section on health care and taxes especially informative!

Briana Rubin

 

Useful for getting a general overview of the process all in one place, rather than searching around the internet.

R. Marshall

 

Cori Carl

Cori Carl is an American living in Toronto. She serves family and professional caregivers around the world as Director of The Caregiver Space. She received her MA at Baruch and her BA from the New School, both in New York City.